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Open Education in Texas

Open Education in Texas


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the timeline of OER development and support in texas Higher Education
  2. Identify current support strategies for OER implementation in Texas Higher Education

The History of OER in Texas

Explore the History of OER in Texas Higher Education

Watch this video of Carrie Gits from Division of Digital Learning at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


History of OER in Texas


OER in Texas Higher Education continues to focus on how resources can be curated, created and shared to meet the needs of students, faculty and institutions. 

Read Module 1.2 - Open Education in Texas by viewing or downloading the OER in Texas Statewide Playbook


Decorative Image of the Key OER Milestones in Texas as described in Module 1.2 of the Playbook -
Key OER Milestones in Texas from the OER in Texas State Playbook


OER Landscape, Gap, and Regional Analyses Reports

  • 2019 the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex) partnered with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) to begin conducting a biennial survey to examine the landscape of OER programs, policies, and practices at public and private nonprofit institutions in Texas. The report: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Texas Higher Education, 2019 paints a clear picture of expanding OER use and adoption in Texas.
  • 2021 DigiTex, the THECB, and ISKME again partnered on the landscape survey, the results of which were released in Advancing an Ecosystem for Open Educational Resources: OER in Texas Higher Education, 2021. Building on data from the first survey, the second iteration of this survey showed continued growth in commitment to OER across the state.
  • 2023 This report: A Scan of Open Educational Resources (OER) Materials in High-Impact Higher Education Courses in Texas, 2023 shares the results of an OER Gap Analysis completed by ISKME for the THECB and identifies free, openly licensed full courses and textbooks for 25 highly transferable, high-enrollment courses required for two-year or four-year degree paths in high-wage/high-demand fields. 
  • 2023 This report: Texas Open Educational Resources (OER) Regional Needs Analysis, 2023 presents the findings of a research study, funded by the THECB and conducted by ISKME, aiming to identify the characteristics, challenges, and needed supports of institutions with low engagement with Open Educational Resources (OER); explore which higher education regions in Texas need additional support with OER; and investigate factors that promote and hinder OER advancement in institutions that are relatively early in on their journey with OER. Utilizing the 2019 and 2021 OER Landscape Survey data and drawing from interviews with nine administrators across five higher education institutions, the report concludes with recommendations for advancing OER in Texas and beyond.

Reflect, Connect and Practice

  • To reflect on your learning, connect with other colleagues and practice your understanding of OER in Texas, please visit this Discussion Board and reply to the 1.2 Discussion Board Prompt.


Note: You will need to be logged in and join the OER Playbook Group to be able to reply to the discussion.